A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 28, 2006
Brooklyn International Film Festival
The Brooklyn International Film Festival is much younger than the New York Film Festival. It's not the Cannes (France) Film Festival yet, but it's more local.

9th brooklyn international film festival
BiFF's 9th edition is scheduled for June 2-11, 2006 and will be held at the Brooklyn Museum.

2006 THEME
The 9th Brooklyn International Film Festival has been titled Enigma-9. While people all over the world are eagerly searching for answers in a world of uncertainties, and the complexity of modern life makes it more difficult to answer moral questions, the festival engages in a rather enigmatic exploration: The quest for the most delicate and difficult questions of our times. BiFF 2006 aims to stimulate the intellect and inspire conversation among people of diverse backgrounds. It is about attempting to connect the dots and can be viewed as a vast puzzle where opposite viewpoints, inconsistencies, ambiguities strive to coexist.

The Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF), was established in 1998 as the first international competitive film festival in New York. Conceptually unique, the festival has grown exponentially each year in terms of number of submissions, program quality and size, international exposure, media coverage, audience attendance and participation, sponsorship, endorsements, community outreach, and budget. Since 2002, BiFF has been partnering with the Brooklyn Museum, which is BiFF's main venue. Films are shown at the 450-seat, state of the art Cantor Auditorium. Since its inception, the festival has reviewed more than 6,000 films. For the 2005 edition, BiFF received 1,750 films from 80 countries and selected 143 film premieres to be part of the competitive program. At the 2005 festival, over a 10-day period, 10,500 customers attended BiFF's 33 film programs. BiFF's primary work is to connect filmmakers to distribution companies and expose them to the media. As a result, every year an increasing number of films get sold at the festival. Many films that premiered at BiFF in the past few years had their theatrical release and/or are available at video stores near you.

BiFF's mission is to discover, expose, and promote independent filmmakers while drawing worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema. BiFF is a festival for and by independent filmmakers. BiFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Opening Night is scheduled for Friday, June 2, 2006. The opening ceremony will be staged in the Brooklyn Museum's Cantor Auditorium at 8pm. The film program will run from 8:30pm to 10pm. Opening night film is "Sangue" by Italian director Libero De Rienzo. From 9:00pm to midnight, BiFF stages the opening night concert/party in the Brooklyn Museum's Beaux-Arts Court, with DJ Domewrecka and Avion Travel.

On Saturday, June 3, there will be five programs: 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9pm.
On Sunday, June 4 the first program will be dedicated to children's programming (KidsFilmFest) from 2 to 5pm, and will be free of charge for children under 12. Following this are BiFF programs at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30pm.

From Monday, June 5 to Wednesday, June 7, there will be three programs each night at 6, 8 and 10pm.
From Thursday, June 8 to Friday, June 9, there will be four programs each night at 4, 6, 8 and 10pm.
On Saturday June 10, five film programs: 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10pm.
On Sunday June 11, four film programs: 2, 4, 6, 8pm. The Award Ceremony will follow from 10 to 10:30pm.

The Festival supports all formats (35mm, 16mm, HD, DVD, Beta, DV, and CD.) The films are divided in five categories: Feature Length Film (Narrative), Documentary, Short Subject, Experimental Film, and Animation. A panel of journalists, film festival directors, and film related professionals grade each film to select the best in its category, awarding the Chameleon Statuette to each of the winners. The festival board selects the best film of the year among the five winners, awarding it the Grand Chameleon Award ($30,000 in film services.)

Posted by Barry Popik
Film Festivals • Sunday, May 28, 2006 • Permalink

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